To send pictures to inmates at the Maricopa County Jail, you have to know the rules. Inmate Photos keeps an updated list of rules and makes sending pictures to a loved one simple and easy.
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One thing you have to know is Maricopa County has seven jails. Maricopa County runs the largest jail system in Arizona and the fourth largest in the nation. The County lists the transportation hub as an eighth unit, but it is not a jail. The transportation unit moves inmates from place to place, so it does not house anyone.
4th Avenue Jail, on 4th Avenue, houses men. The facility is split into medium security with 1,152 beds and 288 beds for high-security inmates. Built-in 2005, this multi-story facility also has medical, dental, X-Ray, pharmacy, and psychiatric staff.
512 Facility, located on South 28th Drive, is part of a larger complex with the Watkins Jail and the jail system’s transportation hub. 512 houses 512 inmates short term, defined as less than 72 hours. It was built in 2020.
Estrella Jail, located at W. Durango Road, is the Maricopa County Jail system’s female inmate facility. It houses all security classes, minimum, medium, and maximum. It was built in 1991. Estrella is Spanish for Star.
ITR, Intake, Transfer, and Release, located on the same campus as the 512 Facility, was opened in 2020. This facility replaced Central Intake, formerly located at the 4th Avenue Jail in downtown Phoenix. Inmates are brought here first, then transferred to another prison within the jail system. A short-term 512-bed facility located here is for inmates who have medical or mental health needs.
Lower Buckeye Jail, located on W. Lower Buckeye Road, houses mostly men in all three security classifications. Some women are housed in the Mental Health and Infirmary unit. Some juveniles are also housed here. The prison has 2,427 beds and was built in 2005. It is the largest detention center in the state of Arizona. It has an accredited high school for juvenile offenders.
Towers Jail, located on W. Gibson Lane, is a medium-security men’s facility with 720 beds. Most of the men here are not sentenced or are pre-trial inmates. It was built in 1982.
Watkins Jail, located on the same campus as the 512 Facility, has 1,600 beds and is a men’s jail for minimum to medium-security inmates. It was built in 2020. Watkins is a facility for men that uses a modern idea in incarceration techniques, “Direct Supervision.” The officer workstation is in the middle of the housing unit and has no walls or barriers separating the officers from the inmates.
The Maricopa County Jail system has rules for sending pictures to inmates. A few of the rules are:
All inmate mail is run through the central mailroom at the Lower Buckeye jail. Once processed, it is sent to the inmate wherever they are.
The mailing address is as follows:
Inmate Name’s and Booking #
Lower Buckeye Jail
3250 West Lower Buckeye Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85009
You can look up your loved one’s inmate information at the inmate locator webpage.
Inmate Photos has a complete and current list of the rules for the Maricopa County Jail system.
If you want to send pictures to someone in the Maricopa Jail system, we can help. Here is the process:
We take your pictures and print them to the correct size using high-quality ink and the best paper. Pictures are in full color. We put your loved one’s name and ID number on the back of each photo.
If you send more than five pictures, we will divide the pictures into more than one envelope. We mail each envelope days apart to ensure your loved one does not get more pictures than are allowed each day.
Inmate Photos makes sending pictures easy.
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